Santa Fe Indian Market 2022: 15 Indigenous Artists To Know
Every year, the annual Santa Fe Indian Market transforms the city’s downtown plaza into one large shoppable marketplace, where the streets are lined with booths showcasing the works of Indigenous artists across North America. One can find one-of-a-kind pieces here—whether it’s textile work, jewelry, pottery, or fine art—while supporting authentic artisans who are carrying forward their tribe’s unique craftwork. This year also bears a special significance, as the market celebrates its 100th anniversary. To mark the impressive milestone, the event will be hosting more events, fashion shows, and parties more than ever before—all of which attendees are sure to dress their best for. (The market has a famously well-clad street style scene).
In addition to all of the artists selling their pieces in the marketplace, there will be two fashion shows this year spotlighting modern Indigenous design. The aim of the shows is to prove how Native design isn’t one singular aesthetic, but rather a beautifully diverse array of different styles. On Saturday, September 20th, the Gala will feature contemporary designers such as Korina Emmerich, Lesley Hampton, and Himikalas Pamela Baker; at Sunday’s Indigenous Fashion Show, veteran names such as Jamie Okuma, Orlando Dugi, and Lauren Good Day will debut their latest collections. It’s an overwhelming number of Indigenous talent jam-packed int one weekend—so below, Vogue highlights 15 artists to know who will be showcasing their work.
The Luiseño-Shoshone-Bannock fashion artist is renowned for her ornate beadwork (her hand-beaded Christian Louboutin shoes have been displayed at museums such as the Smithsonian and the Metropolitan Museum of Art). Okuma also designs full ready-to-wear and couture collections, her striking designs often calling back to her tribe’s distinctive design motifs.
The Navajo designer is known for his dazzling evening wear. His elegant gowns are often finished with hand-embroidery, beading, and crystal work, and his materials dyed using natural pigments.